Nifedipine and Alcohol / Food Interactions
There are 3 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with nifedipine which include:
NIFEdipine ↔ multivitamins with minerals
Moderate Drug Interaction
Using NIFEdipine together with multivitamin with minerals can decrease the effects of NIFEdipine. Talk with your doctor before using NIFEdipine and multivitamin with minerals together. You may need a dose adjustment or need your blood pressure checked more often if you take both medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
NIFEdipine ↔ food
Moderate Food Interaction
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice if you are receiving treatment with NIFEdipine. Grapefruit juice may significantly increase the blood levels and effects of medications like NIFEdipine. You may be more likely to experience side effects such as headache, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, swelling, and fluid retention. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility
nifedipine - hypertension
For the long-term treatment of hypertension, only the extended-release formulations of nifedipine should be used. The US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the FDA Cardiovascular and Renal Drug Advisory Committee have issued warnings against the use of immediate-release nifedipine for this purpose based on review of three epidemiologic studies of patients with hypertension and unstable angina who were treated with calcium channel blockers (CCBs) and at least two meta-analyses of randomized, controlled trials that included patients receiving CCBs. Two of the case-control studies found an increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in patients taking immediate-release nifedipine, although the third did not. The use of immediate-release nifedipine (orally or sublingually) is also contraindicated for acute reduction of blood pressure. Profound hypotension, acute myocardial infarction, and deaths have been reported when nifedipine was used in this manner.
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- American Health Consultants "Do calcium-channel blockers increase the risk of myocardial infarctions?" Internal Medicine Alert 17 (1995): 49-50
nifedipine drug Interactions
There are 697 drug interactions with nifedipine
nifedipine disease Interactions
There are 9 disease interactions with nifedipine which include:
- Aortic Stenosis
- Cardiogenic Shock/Hypotension
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Liver Disease
- Myocardial Infarction
- Renal Dysfunction
- Gi Narrowing
Drug Interaction Classification
|Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
|No information available.|
Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.
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